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URGENT – Call to Action – 5th UN World Conference on Women in 2015

A Call to Action in support of a
Fifth World UN Conference of Women in 2015 (5WCW)
Become part of its realization!

April 2012
A statement by Elly Pradervand – WWSF CEO
Member of the core lobby group since 2005 for a 5WCW

For the past decades, a series of United Nations World Conferences have been tracing the way and catalyzing action for change on many fronts with resolutions and declarations to reduce violence, promote sustainable development and peace, advocate for human rights, to name a few.

The Joint Announcement on 8 March 2012 by the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and the UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, proposing the convening of a Fifth World Conference in 2015, another world conference on women, not only to speed up implementation of the Beijing agreed conclusions, but to focus on finding solutions to numerous emerging issues, which did not exist in 1995 when the last UN women’s conference took place.

President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser
and the UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
What is missing now is that a UN member state, or several, introduce a resolution for a 5WCW at the upcoming UN General Assembly. Bold leadership is needed and civil society organizations can help in advocating and lobbying governments to move forward.

Join the women of the world and core lobby group*, facilitated by Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, our mentor, and Ambassador Gertrude I. Mongella, Secretary-General of the Beijing Conference and first President of the Pan-African Parliament, who came to the 56th CSW session in New York specifically as a 5WCW advocate. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, Senior Special Advisor to the President of UN General Assembly, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN also supports the initiative in an extraordinary manner.

What you can do
Participate in the email campaign to thank the UN GA President and the UN SG, for their joint proposal. Acknowledge their initiative and leadership and encourage them to continue their support, knowing there is a groundswell of support for 5WCW.

Email addresses
President of the General Assembly H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser at [email protected]
and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at [email protected]
cc: Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet at [email protected]
Jean Bolen at [email protected], and [email protected] – sender of the statement.

More information:www.5wcw.org, where your organization can add their name to the petition supporting 5WCW.

Forward the statement to your friends and social networks asking them to join this campaign with you. Add your own passionate appeal and remember change only happens when we make it happen.
Link to the UN Statement: http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=5904

* Core Lobby Group: IPPI, PFP, WIN-CAWA, WWSF

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